I know I say this repeatedly, but I really am going to keep it short this week (and not only because I’m shocked and stunned after the Referendum result!). I was out visiting a school in Stoke on Monday and in London yesterday for a meeting before heading straight to our fabulous Sports Awards dinner at Bowdon Rugby Club last night (more of that later). So, I’ve got a bit of catching up to do today, in addition to preparing for tomorrow’s Open Morning. Incidentally, the meeting I attended in London was at a venue in Westminster, next to a polling station where lots of the MPs cast their vote. Inevitably, therefore, there were lots of camera crews and photographers. Despite my best efforts to ‘photo bomb’, I failed disappointingly to make it onto national television or into the press.
Following last week’s Sports’ Day, our fourth annual Sports’ Awards Dinner was again an unqualified triumph last night. A sell-out as ever thanks to the stupendous efforts of Mrs Tasker and the commitment of staff, students and parents alike. At risk of repeating myself, I have always maintained that a school, such as ours, with a thriving culture of sport will also be thriving in other areas. We couldn’t and wouldn’t put on such events if academic rigour and success wasn’t assured. The same can be said for our promotion of the performing arts.
Although we awarded two individual prizes per team (Player of the Year and the Coach’s Award) and very well done again to the recipients, last night was a true celebration of competitive sport at Wellington. It has also become a ‘must’ in the social calendar of many staff and parents. We have had another fabulous year across all sports and we really are going from strength to strength. I lost count of the number of times ‘Trafford Champions’ was mentioned. Of course, our ambitions extend far beyond the borough. Thank you once again to staff and parents for their support of school sport, and for their company last night.
I haven’t asked staff for contributions for the bulletin today as I know how busy they are getting ready for Open Morning, so there’s only a fraction of the usual content.
Mr Little writes; “Over the past few weeks, code clubbers have been programming their micro:bits in our weekly lunchtime meetings. If you missed it in a previous blog, all Year 7s have been given a free computer in a project led by the BBC to get more young people coding. Attendees at Code Club have been applying the skills from timetabled lessons to many small projects to make the micro:bit do several interesting things, some of which will be on show on Open Morning. They have made a simulation of the rock-paper-scissors game, a fortune-teller and a digital compass. Pictured are Joe Lee, working out the degrees which will output the various directions on a compass, and Patrick Gibson, proudly showing off the end product. Mr Eckersley and I have been pleased to see the enthusiasm shown and look forward to some more interesting projects before the end of the academic year.”
In light of the many outstanding achievements of the languages department in recent years, Mrs Williams and Miss Weeks were invited to present at a national event this week; “On Thursday, we attended the SSAT Achievement Show at The Emirates Stadium in London. Our Wellington MFL Department were proud to be nominated to present at this year’s show in the ‘Inspiring Department’ section. We delivered a session to representatives from a wide range of schools from all over the country on key aspects leading to the department’s success. Go Team MFL!”
The School and its teachers do have so much to offer, so it’s great to have the opportunity to help others and also to receive the recognition we deserve on occasions like this.
Miss Challinor just wanted to say a few words with regards to the Year 7 rounders team; “Miss MacGlinchey and I took 2 teams to the Ashton on Mersey tournament on Tuesday 21st June. The girls have been training really hard with lots of girls joining in (at least 20 each time) which is brilliant to see.
The results were as follows:
Team A - Won 2 out of 5 games; Beat Flixton 6-1 ½ ; Beat AOM 5-3
Team B - Won 3 out of 4 games; Beat Sale High 6-4 ;Beat BTH 5 ½ - 3 ;Beat Loreto 6-2
Team A finished 4th in their group and team B finished 2nd in theirs and went on to compete against Altrincham Grammar in the semi-final, sadly getting beaten but showing amazing skills and sportsmanship throughout. This was a brilliant afternoon for the girls with lots of parents coming to support as well, which was lovely to see. All the girls should be incredibly proud.”
This week has been pretty manic and I’m looking forward to a rest after Open Morning tomorrow afternoon (hopefully I’ll get through the morning without hearing the Australia v England rugby score, which I’m recording) but I sit here perusing next week’s bulletin reflecting on how the pace of the term seems to be ever-quickening rather than relenting as we hit the final few weeks. At least there is one less thing to worry about as of next week; finally, the last GCSE of this year will take place on Monday, followed by the last A level on Tuesday. Well done to all the students for their commitment over the last few months. Give yourself a huge pat on the back and enjoy the rest.
I mentioned last week that Mir Thaim in Year 8 and his family are returning to Pakistan as his father’s 3 year posting at the Pakistani Consulate in Manchester comes to an end. The family of Mehmood Khan in Year 10 are also returning home for the same reason. Mehmood’s father emailed a farewell message this week and I share with you just a few of his kind words; “With a very heavy heart, I need to break the news that we are moving back to Pakistan after the completion of my tenure in Manchester… I do not have the words to convey my most heartfelt thanks to the amazing team of dedicated teachers and support staff at Wellington School who are maintaining one of the best schools in the region if not the country.”
I hope both families take back plenty of happy memories from their time at Wellington and feel enriched by their experiences throughout their time in the North West. It’s great to think our reputation will be trumpeted across several continents!
Anyway, enjoy your weekend and if you have time to fill due to the brevity of this week’s bulletin, feel free to pop in and have a look round during Open Morning tomorrow.
Something to look out for - we’ve just had a new school video made and it will be on the website from Monday. Take a look – it’s good fun.
S P Beeley
Examination Results - August 2015
Congratulations to all the fabulous students and staff of Wellington School on another successful year of examination results.
It has been an emotion-filled morning as Year 11 students collected their GCSE results, with a record-equalling 76% achieving 5 A* - C including English and Maths (a figure set to increase over the coming weeks with closer analysis and requests for re-marks).
We are proud of each and every one of our Year 11 students and they should be proud of what they have achieved and how far they have come. There are far too many personal success stories to quote here. 11 students this year got a full house of A* or A grades - a remarkable achievement.
These outstanding GCSE results follow last week's equally impressive A2 and AS Level results. Our Year 13s once again did fantastically well with an increase in A* - E grades but particularly in the numbers achieving the highest A* - B grades. Our Year 12 students exceeded their and our expectations, securing the School's best ever AS figures, which bodes well for A Levels in 2016!
Well done to everyone at home and in School who contributed to all these tremendous results, celebrate in style, enjoy the rest of the break and I'll see (most of) you in September.
S P Beeley
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